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    With over twenty five years in the business I am sure it is fair to say we have established an unrivalled reputation for the finest chalkstream trips to the private rivers in southern England, with beats that include that most famous of all them all, Mottisfont Abbey on the River Test where F W Halford invented modern day dry fly fishing back in the 1800’s.

    This brief guide will give you an outline but to discuss your requirements in more detail call Diane +44 1264 781988,email Simon Cooper or contact our agent in your country if we have one.

    Fishing in England

    Unlike some countries where rivers have public access usually for the cost of a licence, all rivers in England are privately owned with the fishing controlled by the landowner. Access is usually by payment to the landowner or via agents such as Fishing Breaks who represent the owners.

    Who can fish and when?

    The trout season runs from April to October. Anyone may fish for a single day or more. Fishing is available for any number from one to small groups.

    Packages

    Guided service - This is our most popular option where you may arrive the night before or on the morning of fishing. A typical trip to the River Test reads like this:

    The journey time from London is 60 minutes by train and 90 minutes by car, as is London Heathrow airport.

    The chalkstream experience – this fully personalised trip lets you explore and fish the wonderful chalkstream region exactly how you wish.

    Cruise ship excursions – if your ship is berthing at Southampton you are just a few miles from some of the best trout fishing in the world. Click here for more details.

    For a tailor-made package please email your preferred dates and party members or talk direct with our Overseas Agents

    Fish like a local – if you are able to make your own travel arrangements and have your own outfit this may be for you.

    Where are the rivers?

    The chalkstream region is just 75 miles to the south west of London, perfect for a single day or short trip. By car the journey is 90 minutes or the train from central London one hour. Our Guide service includes train station transfers.

    Fishing Guides

    Chalkstream fishing is not difficult but it is probably different to anything you may have experienced elsewhere. A Fishing Guide is a useful addition for any fishing trip providing advice, tackle, flies, local transportation and government licence.

    Government fishing licence

    We will show you how to buy the visitors version that may be purchased on-line in advance of your trip. The cost is only a few UK pounds.

    Clothing and tackle

    No specialist clothing is required as you are unlikely to experience any extremes of weather. Dress for a spring or summer day outside, with a hat, sunglasses, rain jacket as a backup and rugged or waterproof footwear. If the fishing requires waders we will tell you and you should bring your own. Tackle is typically a 3-5 wt outfit; bring you own or the Fishing Guide will provide everything you require. For more details click Planning your trip

    The Weather

    Average temperature

    April 10C/50F

    May 14C/57F

    June 15C/59F

    July 17C/63F

    August 16C/61F

    September 14C/57F

    October 10C/50F

     

    Rainfall

    Generally there is rain (over 0.25mm) one day in three

    Accommodation

    There are a great variety of hotels, inns and pubs close to the rivers. We do not make room reservations but we will help you make your choice. See the list of recommended places to stay

    Getting around

    The chalkstream region is 65 miles south west of central London. There are excellent motorway connections and the train is only 1 hour. The fishing area is very compact and you can usually confine your fishing to a 10 mile radius of where you are staying. A car offers the most flexibility or the Fishing Guide will provide daily transportation. Otherwise a train, taxi or walking are options.

    Airports

    The international airports of Heathrow (57m/92km) and Gatwick (83m/133km) are within easy reach of Stockbridge, the heart of the chalk stream region. If travelling by car, train or taxi the journey time is 1 to 2 hours.

    When to book

    There is no hard and fast rule. Bookings are made many months in advance or on the spur of the moment.

    How to book

    Call +44 (0) 1264 781988 or e-mail us with a brief description of your travel plans and fishing requirements. We accept all major credit cards. Alternatively contact our Overseas Agent in your country.

    More information?

    Click on this link Planning your trip

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